NATE BOXElm CafeNate is the owner of Elm Café, asmall shop that focuses onproviding craft coffee and artisansammiches to the masses.He believes in challengingpeoples conceptions of food andthe community it builds. Afterworking with major nationalbrands, not-for-profits, andindependent foodestablishments, Nate finally feltready to sink his roots deeperinto Edmonton.Tweet @elmcafe
CYNTHIA STRAWSON-FAWCETTSlow Food EdmontonCynthia was raised on a 4thgeneration beef farm in west centralAlberta and is the current president ofSlow Food Edmonton.Slow Food is an idea, a way of livingand a way of eating. It is a global,grass roots association with thousandsof members around the world - andover 100 locally - that links thepleasure of food with a commitment tocommunity and the environment.Tweet @slowfoodyeg
KIRSTA FRANKE124 St Grand MarketKirsta Franke is an earnestentrepreneur and proud curator ofEdmontons new 124 GrandMarket.She has created a mid-week,evening market, located in thegreat outdoors on 124th Street and108 Ave, an outlet that aims to bea place among people; working,eating and living together.Tweet @124grandmarket
NICOLA & ALAN IRVINGIrvings Farm FreshNicola and Alan Irving created IrvingsFarm Fresh Ltd in 2006 after movingfrom the UK in 2005, and realizingthere was a gap in the marketplace forpremium quality sausages.The business has grown considerablyover the last few years, and now theIrvings’ operate a pork processingfacility, located on their farm nearCamrose, producing artisanal productsfrom locallygrown pork, and their own home grownBerkshire pork.Tweet @irvingsfarmfresh
MARY BAILEYThe TomatoFood, wine and travel writer MaryBailey is the publisher of the bi-monthly magazine The Tomato food& drink and website thetomato.ca.Mary is a food and winecorrespondent for CBC RadioOnes Alberta at Noon and appearsmonthly on Global EdmontonMorning News. She is the co-authorof two best-selling books on Albertafood, The Food Lover’s Trail Guide toAlberta, Volumes I & II. Her work hasappeared in various publicationsincluding Western Living andthe National Post.Tweet @tomatofooddrink
AMY BEAITH &MIKE JOHNSONOperation Fruit RescueEstablished in 2009, Operation FruitRescue Edmonton is a non-profitorganization.Our project grew out of an interest inlocally grown food, raising awarenessabout food security, and establishingurban, local connections with our food.Mike and Amy have startedtransforming their backyard into anedible landscape as they becomeurban farmers.Tweet @ofrefruit
SHARON YEOOnly Here for the FoodSharon Yeo is a food enthusiast who hasbeen blogging for six years atonlyhereforthefood.ca. In 2011, Sharonwas named one of Western LivingMagazines "Top 40 Foodies Under 40",recognizing the impact of her blog.Sharon is part of the committee thatorganized Eat Alberta, a food conferencethat brought chefs, farmers and foodiestogether in April 2011 and April 2012, andco-founded What the Truck?!, Edmonton’sfood truck extravaganza. In February2012, Sharon co-organized Blink, aninnovative pop-up restaurant in adowntown pedway.Tweet @sharonyeo
MACK MALEWhat the Truck?!Mack co-founded the popular Whatthe Truck?! series of events and hashelped to organize dozens of othercommunity events in Edmonton,including ChangeCamp, Eat Alberta,and MediaCamp. In 2009 Mack wasnamed one of Edmonton’s Top 40Under 40.What the Truck?! and Eat Alberta bothlaunched last year. Mack really lovesthe #yegfood hashtag because it isunique, packed full of usefulinformation and best of all, anyonecan contribute!Tweet @mastermaq
MICHAEL WALTERSFood Hub AdvocateMichael Walters is a local CommunityOrganizer, father of two and skilledpickle-er. He has been involved in thecampaign to include a permanentagricultural zone and local food hubwithin any future urban development inNorth East Edmonton.He is the former Lead Organizer withthe Greater Edmonton Alliance, whichfilled city hall three times with 500people to support a strong local foodeconomy in Edmonton. Michael wasalso co collaborator with Gord Visser inorganizing the Great Potato Give Away.Tweet @organizermike
ARIEL del ROSARIO &ROEL CANAFRANCAFilistixAriel del Rosario and RoelCanafranca first started Filistix 5years ago. As globe trekkers, theysaw that street food was a hugepart of a citys culture. As one of theearliest food carts in the city, theyfelt that there was a greatopportunity to develop a street foodculture in their hometown.They are strong supporters of localproducers and growers and stick tousing simple ingredients to maketraditional Filipino dishes along withother menu items they love to eat.Tweet @filistix
KEVIN KOSSOWANFood ForagerAn unexpected decision to getmarried in France led to Kevinbecoming obsessed with what theFrench call ‘cuisine du terroir’ –quite literally cuisine that speaks toplace and time.For Kevin, the only way to changethe food culture was to simply do it,at home, one small step at a time.So he started gardening, took uphunting big game, built a root cellarand started foraging, andbutchering pigs, beef, moose, elk,deer, antelope. He blogs about hisfood local food adventures atkevinkossowan.caTweet @kevinkossowan
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